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Songbird, guitarman vie for 'American Idol' crown

21-year-old Phillip Phillips (Source: Americanidol.com) 21-year-old Phillip Phillips (Source: Americanidol.com)
16-year-old Jessica Sanchez (Source: Americanidol.com) 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez (Source: Americanidol.com)

By LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The 11th "American Idol" crown is going to a teenage songbird or a bluesy guitarman from Georgia. 

On Wednesday night's finale, host Ryan Seacrest will announce whether viewers picked 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez or 21-year-old Phillip Phillips.

The contestants made their final stand Tuesday, each performing three songs. Phillips, of Leesburg, Ga., earned consistently high marks from the show's judges, but the panel faulted Sanchez's final number, "Change Nothing."

The teenager from Chula Vista, Calif., agreed, saying she should have gone more "urban" with her song choice.

Rihanna is set to perform on the finale, with Fox promising other "surprise guests" and a reunion of this season's top 12 finalists.

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